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Welcoming our first website editor!

on January 10th, 2012 at 5:03:27 PM

We’re happy to introduce our first volunteer web editor, Joanne LaSpina. With experience as a blogger on her own site, Joanne was willing to dive into learning how to use FAHN’s website building tools. She’ll be adding content to the FAHN website—and started with her own article. Challenging Journey: Food Allergies was first published in our monthly journal Welcome Home. Thank you, Joanne, for volunteering!


Happy New Year!

on December 29th, 2011 at 4:34:01 PM

We just sent out our E-News – with the link below you can read it online: it includes some exciting news about our 2012 plans as well as links to the latest additions to our website. Please pitch in to support our work with a tax-deductible donation—since 1984, individual contributions have kept this grassroots nonprofit organization going. At the bottom of the E-News, there’s a “subscribe” link—sign up and have it delivered to your email inbox. Happy New Year to all!

Family and Home Network's E-News

Make Believe

on December 13th, 2011 at 6:21:29 PM is critical to children's expression of strong feellings such as anger and fear. Play offers children opportunities to reflect on their experiences and to explore possible future scenarios... read more of my review of Dr. Susan Linn's book The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World.

Gift-Giving: You Won't Find This in a Store

on December 5th, 2011 at 4:43:57 PM

Here are some out-of-the-box ideas on gift giving from our staff and volunteers...

Please share your own ideas by posting a comment (comments are moderated so there will be a delay before they appear).


Fostering Appreciation In Children

on November 20th, 2011 at 8:58:58 PM

From long-time editor and writer Nelia Odom: Fostering Appreciation in Children

Outdoor adventures

on November 15th, 2011 at 3:32:00 PM

Two additions to our website:

We're Going to the Swamp--NOW! by Cathy Myers (FAHN's executive director)


Motherhood and Advocacy, Complementary Roles

About an at-home mother and the enduring gift she gave to wildlife and people.

Grand Passion

on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:10:31 PM

From the Welcome Home archives, "Grand Passion" by Wendy O'Connor

Stealing Home

on October 22nd, 2011 at 2:57:02 PM

"In the beginning, he was nervous and unsure -- afraid of making a mistake. The brand-new gym shorts and T-shirt bore no telltale signs of an athlete. No Gatorade stains, no frayed seams, no unmistakable “I’ve done my workout” aroma. To be honest, he just didn’t look like he belonged in the middle of a ball field..."

Read more of Donna DeSoto's article "Stealing Home."


on October 20th, 2011 at 4:40:55 PM

"As we strolled through the doors of our local Hallmark store, my nine month old daughter Carolyn burst into tears.  Ghoulish rubber masks – bloody monsters and faces contorted in panic or screaming in horror -- lined both sides of the aisle at stroller height.  I made a quick 90 degree turn..."

Read more of Kirsty Mackintosh's article "A Scary Holiday".

Toddlers and babies

on October 12th, 2011 at 7:12:42 PM

Here's an article especially for those of you with young children (and for those who like to remember those days)…

Brushstrokes by Marybeth Connelly